Turbulent forecast ahead?

Dark, ominous sky overhead         
Warns of rain and inclement weather.
Tempest clouds
Speak of turbulent forecast.
Yet, we are docked safe and secure
Naught to worry or fear.

Even though outside the
Weather is frightful, I know
He has this whole world in His hands.
Deep within my soul
I can truly say,
It is well with my soul.      





The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit, John 3:8.



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Breathing in His Grace

Swan Creek anchorage by Rock Hall, Maryland

All is calm.
All is still.                                             Fish jump occasionally.
Blue Heron glides overhead.
Subtle creek ripples
Gently past our vessel
Sanctuary – tucked away snugly
Within a protected cove.

Take a few deep breaths
Breathe in His grace and 
Breathe out His praise  *
Breeze cooling as sun sets
Slowly behind pine tree line.
Another day draws to a close
Opportunity to thank the One
Who made all things possible.

Picture taken at Swan Creek at anchor, Rock Hall Maryland

  • Matt Redman – Your Grace Finds Me! 
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Sacrifice for You and for Me

Thoughts while sitting on the Amphitheater steps of the Unknown Soldier Tomb:

Oh, the tears, the blood shed
Represented here in this place.      
Row after Row after Row
White tombstones
Representing sons, fathers, uncles.
Real live people.
Real live losses.

Days gone by.
Ancestors, family, friends.
What sacrifices!
All to secure my freedom and yours.
Words cannot describe
The debt we owe
To the many who’ve gone on before.

I am humbled, speechless
Driven to my knees.
My only response
Is Thank You.
And then the tears flow.

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Come to Me

Come To Me                     

Are you weary?
Burdened beyond words?
Rest is found in Him.
In Him alone.
Freely, generously without question.

I can learn from Him.
He is my Teacher; I am the student;
ever learning,
ever failing,
then ever learning some more.

He is gentle,
humble in heart.
Sweet, blessed, essential
Rest is found in Him.
He can satisfy my longing soul
and fill an empty heart.

thoughts taken from Matthew 11:28-29


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There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home                                                                                                                  

Spring sprung while we were away.                       Red Dogwood at Home
Jonquils pop tiny yellow & white heads.
Trillium burst forth in uniform whites.
Purplish buds appear from Red Bud tree.
Pink-red colored Dogwood blossoms
Surge out alive and well.

To think I would have missed
This grand display
Had I not traveled this way!
Iris whites shoot forth.
Leafy rose leaves waking up.
Assorted green tree buds say hello.
Grass blades stand tall & proud.

I’m so thankful for this chance     Trillum at Home
To re-acquaint myself with
My blessings I oft
Forget amidst day-to-day routine.

All shout Happy Spring
Glad you are here now!

Daffodils at Home

Iris at home

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Water Therapy

beach at Wrightsville Beach Atlantic

Atlantic Ocean – Wrightsville Beach

Ocean waves thunder & roll
Crashing unrepentant against the shore
Greenish-blue water with froth on top
Wind blasts sand on my skin
Children chase seagulls
Birds hover overhead
Carried along with the breeze
People play … enjoying life
Others rest after a hectic week
Some immersed in their favorite read
Carefree feeling
Place to unwind
Absorb sun’s rays
To just be!

I stoop low
Spying a smooth peculiar shell
Purple hued edges
Catch my eye
I gather grains of polished sand
As they trickle past my fingertips

May the wind smooth and polish
My rough and jagged edges
May I be beautiful and useful
In Your sight
For Your glory!

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! We celebrate his birthday this month. Think about the poem below; I absolutely love it:

You are
that is truer than true.
There is
No One
alive who is youer than

by Dr. Seuss


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He sees all

God sees a lonely, breaking heart
So, He sends rays of sunshine to warm a soul
An unexpected smile from a stranger
Manatee swims beneath the boat 

God sees a lonely, breaking heart
So, He delivers frolicking dolphins
Comfort words from a friend
Bursts of flowers from a cactus

God sees my lonely, breaking heart
So, He orchestrates morning chatter from birds
Awareness … my husband truly cares
A pelican confidently swoops

I am not alone
This too shall pass
Reminders to enjoy
this present moment


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I’m Back !!!

Greetings & Salutations!

Been so long busy preparing and traveling on our year-long Great Loop journey that I am sorry I’ve neglected this blog. In the interim, I hope you’ll find, read, comment on our blog link at www.TravelsOfSanctuary.com. Our blog will give you a clue as to what my husband Steve and I have been doing for the last six months.

Steve & Teresa on the deck of Sanctuary

Steve & Teresa on the deck of Sanctuary

This is day #179 of a potential 365-day trip. Doing the math, I calculate that 182 days will be one-half way through. I can honestly say I am not the same person when Steve and I began on September 3, 2016 back at Lakeshore Yacht Harbour, Muskegon, Michigan.

I’ve been honest with everyone—we are living aboard my dream boat on Steve’s dream trip. We’ve weathered ups and downs. In case you wonder if every day feels like living in Paradise; the answer is no. Many are wonderful and we see beautiful sights such as sunsets, manatees, and Key deer.  I can move my body geographically to a warm location, but with the body also comes my mind and soul. All my previous deficiencies and hang ups come along with me. My fears, doubts, worry (I know that I am not supposed to worry), probably even multiplied—they did not automatically magically disappear (wouldn’t that have been sweet?)

Circumstances of life and known people stayed behind for a time. New circumstances, geography, people took their place while on this year long journey. I’m thankful for stay-over visitors we have from time to time.  My main source of communication, interaction needs to be found in my husband of 40 years. Other Looper boaters and my surroundings change constantly and sometimes daily. Lately, the mantra I repeat is:

I cannot do this, Lord! I cannot do this without You!

Depending on the day, I may be referring to:

  • Being stranded on the boat for a few days and nights without leaving while rocking and rolling in a storm trying to remain brave and not get seasick
  • Washing another dirty dish by hand
  • High temperatures and humidity feeling ready to pass out
  • Not seeing my children/grandchildren/friends for months at time
  • Lack of exercise aboard due to not much square footage and no car to take me away. We rely predominately on our own two feet or bicycles

I constantly remind myself that He is my all in all. The great I AM. Learning to lean into Him as I combat impatience, loneliness, frustration, anger, and physical limitations. God gives me the choice and will to praise His name and be thankful for my many blessings of which there are many if I look around me. God is still in control.

How do you handle loneliness? Frustration and anger? Have you been in a situation where you are at the end of your resources and had to call out to God in desperation? Maybe you are there right now. I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment or question. We can both grow together spiritually.

Blessings to you & your family, Teresa

I leave you with a few choice words from Colossians 3:15, Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.


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Ready for Adventure?

Today is day #28 of the Great Loop adventure. And, yes it truly has been an adventure. We’ve seen landscapes, waterways, and sunrises not seen before. Met new Looper people we would never have crossed passed with in our regular, daily life.  Learned to go without embracing the basics of life.                                              img_20160927_140010943_hdr-1

Let’s stop right here and look up the definition for the word adventure. Here’s what I found for the word adventure:

  • Escapade
  • Quest
  • Journey
  • Exploration
  • Undertaking
  • Exciting activity

Okay, I am kind of weird. I admit that, but keep tracking with me. I then went on to look up the word exciting. Here’s where the road may diverge for you as it did for me. Here’s a few definitions for the word exciting:

  • Thrilling
  • Exhilarating
  • Stirring
  • Stimulating
  • Electrifying
  • Inciting

That’s enough. I have felt all of those emotions and I haven’t even been on this trip for a month yet. What does that say about the trip? What does that say about me? I am not sure, but I’ll let you fill in the blanks. I’m just putting it out there for anyone else anticipating or planning such an adventure. It doesn’t even have to be the exact type of adventure we are involved with. When I think about the word electrifying, it does not bring up a positive connotation. Certainly not dull or boring, I’ll give you that much. More like scared to the point of wishing I were anywhere else but standing in my own shoes. Admittedly, I have felt that. Like when we said good-bye (don’t like that word, so I say: see you later) to my daughter and my friends. Those see you later words are so hard to say even though I know it’s only for a year, or in some cases, months until I see their smiling faces and hear their precious voices in person.

I go through this exercise to share with you my emotions hoping you, too, can relate. Even a simple day’s emotions can range from peace to utter chaos within a short period of time. From tears of sorrow and disappointment to tears of joy. Sometimes without any warning.

Then God gives me a verse to ponder. To hold onto and call my own: Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence . This is a poignant reminder that He is approachable. He’s not a wizard that sits with a magic wand in never-never land occasionally swooping down to check on his created ones. The book of Hebrews describes this throne with the word grace (unmerited favor, mercy, or kindness). I like the thought of my Creator being available and that He is described with mercy and kindness. The verse goes on further to add that I can approach boldly and in confidence. I need not worry or fret; He’s got my whole life under control and in His competent hands—the Great High Priest.

What do I take away from this?

  1. Approaching God and His throne is not reserved for nobility
  2. No holding back; no reservations
  3. He’s there for me anytime day or night
  4. God may not take me out of the storm/trial, but He’ll ride through with me

God already knows all, so why do I hesitate to share my innermost feelings with Him?
Is there a deep fear you’ve been holding to? One you hesitate to share with anyone?

Reminds me of a tune I sang as a young girl called, Tell it to Jesus alone (words by Edmund S. Lorenz)

Are you weary, are you heavy hearted?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus
He is a friend that’s well known
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone

Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus
Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
Tell it to Jesus alone

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